The main danger for the hatchlings is disorientation from beach lighting. Nesting turtles can also become confused by lights from development, although this occurs less frequently than hatchling disorientation. Nesting turtles are hampered by beach chairs and other gear left on the beach at night. The turtle may abandon her nesting attempt when people shine lights or take flash photos while she is looking for a spot to lay eggs.
See a turtle or tracks on Panama City Beach?
Call 888-404-3922 (24-hr hotline)